Prominent political analysts Glenn Smith and Jeff Crosby join Rag Radio's Thorne Dreyer in a lively discussion about hot topics in Texas politics and their long-term implications. We address the firestorm generated by right-wing shock rocker Ted Nugent's campaign appearances with Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott; Democrat Wendy Davis' campaign and its prospects for victory and larger impact; the work of grassroots voter registration and empowerment group Battleground Texas; the jockeying of Texas Republican candidates to see who can be the most outrageously right-wing; and the changing demographics in Texas and the state's potential to morph purple and eventually blue.
Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith, who frequently appears on Rag Radio as a political analyst, managed Ann Richards' winning Texas gubernatorial campaign in 1990. A former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post, he is the author of "The Politics of Deceit: Saving Freedom and Democracy from Extinction." Smith also served as a senior fellow at George Lakoff's Rockridge Institute in Berkeley.
Democratic consultant Jeff Crosby has worked in Texas politics for 28 years, consulting with more than 150 campaigns and causes. Seventy percent of his clients have won their races. Crosby's work in direct mail has won five Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants. Crosby has worked closely with groups ranging from the Texas Democratic Party to the State, County and Municipal Employees union.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ioannis Gatsiounis. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 48:39.